There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a great person to work with. Being a reliable member of a team who is always ready to take on any project at a moment’s notice is one way to give your professional career credibility and momentum. However, there is such a thing as burning out, and that only leads to less productivity. When you get back to the grind this Monday, make sure it isn’t grinding you down.
Try to remember the last time something left you speechless – but in a good way. Has something ever left you overwhelmed, impressed, or flushed with a slew of positive emotions that took your breath away? Letting yourself exist in a state of awe for a little while can be beneficial to your well-being while relieving you of burdensome stress. This Monday, find an opportunity to bring something that is literally awesome into your life.
When life gets tough, an easy way to release tension is a good laugh. But have you ever considered “mindful laughing” while watching your favorite comedy? It might seem unlikely to think of comedy as a mindful experience, especially when the material could contain cursing, ranting, and raunchiness. But there is an argument to make for comedy as a sort of meditation. This Monday, make time to laugh out loud – for your health!
It’s no secret that deep breathing exercises are a great way to reduce stress. Taking a few moments to concentrate and breathe deeply calms not just the mind but the body. There are several ways to practice deep breathing but it’s always a good idea to try something new. This Monday, try square breathing when you need to take a moment to settle down.
It’s not uncommon to reach for your smartphone when you find yourself trying to pass the time. You might even be checking your phone while doing something else, worried about the “fear of missing out.” According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 43 percent of Americans consider themselves “constant checkers,” logging in to their multiple social media accounts to see if anything is going on. But all of this “constant checking” might be causing us a lot of unnecessary stress. If you’re looking for one way to decrease your stress levels this Monday, try getting off of your phone!
If you find yourself in need of a quiet, slow moment amidst a storm of chaos and noise, single-pointed concentration might be a great solution. This practice has roots in Buddhist meditation, but even if you’re not spiritual you can still appreciate the focus and concentration you will learn. This Monday, take a moment to slow down, focus on a single point, and reduce your stress while training your brain.
Many of us feel like we’re carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. In an effort to please as many people as possible, we make a lot of promises forgetting that we have our own priorities. Sometimes, we ask too much of ourselves. This Monday, take some time to figure out what is weighing you down and unburden yourself in the name of self-care.
When stress hits, there are several ways to manage the storm of emotional and physical feelings that arise. One remedy for stress that has endured since early civilization is music. For generations, culture has produced music not just for entertainment but for our well-being. If you’re feeling stressed this Monday, put on your headphones and tune out!
Living a life free of stress is a noble goal but ultimately an impossible one. No matter how hard we try, outside forces will interfere with a seemingly uneventful day and cause us some level of stress. Since stress is a normal part of all of our lives, however, we can all learn to become experts in managing how we deal with it. This Monday, when the storm of stress hits, ride it out!
Trying to find something to drive you isn’t always easy, but having hope is one simple way to keep yourself going. According to positive psychology, hope motivates us towards a goal while maintaining the belief that goal can and will be achieved. It’s something we can hold on to while we persevere. If you want to set a new goal for yourself this Monday, remember to include hope while you pursue it.